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Bildt pushes Iran to allow peaceful protests

AFP/The Local · 22 Jun 2009, 15:16

Published: 22 Jun 2009 15:16 GMT+02:00

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"They should respect the right, that is also in the Iranian constitution, for peaceful manifestations," said Bildt, whose country takes over the European Union presidency on July 1.

"Certainly the use of lethal violence against peaceful demonstrators is never tolerated in any country," he said, as Iranian radio reported hundreds of arrests following weekend clashes in Tehran which left 10 people dead.

Following statements by EU leaders at a Brussels summit last week, the Iranian foreign ministry summoned the charges d'affaires from the 27 member nations of the bloc.

Tehran has accused many Western nations of interference.

"If ambassadors are called in, I think this is a sign that the message has been heard, and that's good from that point of view," Bildt told reporters.

"I would look forward to hearing if they have anything concrete to say, that is in the realm of a dialogue on the subjects that we've raised from the European Union point of view," he added.

The protests over the June 12 election are the biggest popular upheaval in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has led protests over what he says was a rigged election that returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, has urged supporters to continue to demonstrate.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:51 June 22, 2009 by Kooritze
With Mr Bildt pushing Iran, I,m sure the Iranian Govt are shaking in their boots!
18:00 June 22, 2009 by tigger007

the peace prize chaser is making a demand or comment!!
18:08 June 22, 2009 by JonnyDee
At least he's saying something other than,"As a nation we are deeply concerned...." I applaud Mr. Bildt for saying something at least.
22:22 June 22, 2009 by Loonyman
Agreed, the Swedes actually saying something that could be classed as "forcefull" , or even "controversial" is reason for celebration, and a hopefull pointer to their EU presidency....
22:38 June 22, 2009 by Greg in Canada
The Canadian prime minister also made some equally pointless comment.

I'm sure the Iranian dictators weren't taking notes. They really don't give a damn what Bildt or any other western leader has to say.
00:35 June 23, 2009 by Pouriya
... but deep in their hearts, they are all in love with a government providing bonuses to all supporters so easilly and selling the country so generously. That's why they are still there despite their perpetual making fun of the world, global organizations and andamendment in recent decades.
07:35 June 23, 2009 by sweco1
Carl Bildt is full of bull don't trust him!
13:48 June 23, 2009 by Staffs
Carl Bildt is allegedly the most dangerous man in Sweden, a paid up member of the Bilderberg group, allegedly.

Look up the Bilderbegers, they want nothing less than totalitarianism across the entire world. How is it that a minor celebrity can get mobbed by reporters but when the Bilderbergs (vice presidents, presidents, CEO's of multinationals, prime ministers) meet it is the most well kept secret and journalist free event of the year.
20:19 June 24, 2009 by idialogue
History is repeating , wakeup iranian it happened before in 1953 when Mutasadiq nationalized the oil resources , than American Agent and the nephew of Roosevelt did the same and created the riots in Iran to bring Shah Iran .

Dont play in the hands of your enemy again . wakeup
06:26 June 25, 2009 by Guarauno
It´s really funny how all dictators support themselves,in Venezuela our government haven´t said a single word of what is happening in Iran.
09:42 June 25, 2009 by Eric Cantona
In fairness, the Western governments haven't specifically said that they support one side or the other. Merely that they sympathise with concerns of some voting procedures, and supported the right to demonstrate, then condemed the crushing of the demonstrations.
11:49 June 25, 2009 by Eric Cantona
Speaking of football, some of the players of the Iranian national team have been banned, passports confiscated, taken away for torture to confess to being American spies... for having the audacity to wear green armbands in support of the 'pro-Western' (is he?) opposition 'leader'.

If we believe the meddling zionist press, ay Trow?

(nice to have you back BTW)
14:14 June 25, 2009 by Craptastical
Why do you have no problem believing what the Iranian gov't claims? Do you think that it's OK to shut down *all* foreign media (not just western either, Al Jazeera, Al Arabia et al as well).

From what I can tell the major reason they're angry is because there are foreign television channels broadcast in Iran which their gov't has no control over, and which often counters claims their state-run TV makes on a regular basis.
03:16 June 30, 2009 by MikeSar
Sweden can do more for the Iranian people than we can. Many still remember the Hungarian uprising we urged and failed to support and, more recently, the promotion of an uprising by our Senior Bush President that Saddam crushed and we watched and lamented. Can we afford to imply a willingness to help and do nothing if the demonstrators are massacred? I think not. It is tempting to say we stand by you, far more difficult to pay the price for doing so. In the attack against China, we send Flying Tiger "volunteers" and in Central America the scars are still fresh of our intervanetion in the side of the wealthy. Not a good record. Our President Obama is making sure we don't commit to more than we will actually support. I hope Europe leads the uprising. I wonder what porcent of the people in Denmark would wear the Star of David at this time? Would you?
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